Late last year I attended Open House Perth which is an event that allows access to areas and buildings that are usually out of bounds to the general public. I went around with a friend and her husband but due to time constraints and distance to each location I had to call it quits a little earlier than I had wanted to. The buildings I did manage to visit were the ABC building, the Gotham Studios, Mountford Architects, Foundation Housing, La Petite Galerie, Perth City Farm, Boan’s Warehouse Apartments and Kensington Apartments. I didn’t take too many photos of the properties as it was a little too crowded and some I just simply forgot, however I did dwell at one location for a very long time and had a nice chat to the residents at Gotham Studios.
Gotham Studios is located in the Cultural Centre of Perth and houses several artists specialising in different fields. Upon arriving I was a little unsure if you were allowed access to the artist studios or if you were to simply observe from a far. After wrangling up the nerve to ask most of the artists were quite happy for you to come in and have a sticky beak ( ‘look around’ for those who aren’t from Australia ) and tell you a little about themselves and what they do. Most artists kindly showed off their works and were happy to inform me about their creations as well as give a little insight to how their works were made and how they had come to occupy the art space. During our conversations I took photos of their walls, books, objects, work spaces and visual diaries filled with references as I found their work process and explanations incredibly interesting. Each studio like the artist differed greatly from one to the other and it was an interesting experience to step into another artists space besides my own.
Overall the event was very fun and informative and I’ll be definitely attending Perth Open House next year, but next time round I’ll have to plan out my schedule a little better and wake up much earlier.
A few weekends ago I had another food photography shoot with the 2 incredibly talented photographers, Chisa from chigarden and Sabrina from Sabatomic. The subject we shot was a variety of tarts which we prepped, styled and photographed on location at Chisa’s lovely light filled home. The tart shells were premade a day before so shooting time was much shorter than our last group shoot. Fillings included a lemon curd made by Sabrina, a light cream cheese filling made by myself and a dark and white chocolate ganache made by Chisa. We had a creme anglaise (pouring custard) but unfortunately that one didn’t work out but we still managed to get a variety of shots on the day. For decoration we used a series of mixed berries such as strawberries, raspberries and blueberries with some mint for garnish which went well with all the tarts. Overall a successful and fun photo shoot not to mention delicious! Here’s some of the shots from the day and hope you enjoy them.
A few weekends ago I had a food photography shoot with fellow bloggers Sab from Sabatomic and Chisa from Chigarden. I had never done food styling before and had wanted to do a shoot together with these 2 for a while. We finally managed to get a free weekend where we all weren’t busy and spent the day making cupcakes from scratch and styling them for the shoot.
Sabrina has been taking photos of food and has been styling her shoots for a lot longer than I have so seeing how she works was a real eye opener. With many props provided from both Chisa and Sab we managed to get a variety shoots utilising most of the natural light and creative critique from everyone to get the best shots we could on the day.
Besides taking photos I shot behind the scenes and made a BTS video so you can see what work is required when shooting food photography.
Thanks goes to Sab from her great tips and advice on food photography as well as Chisa for letting us use her house as our personal studio and cudos to both for their advice and creative critique on the day :).
So in the last 2 weeks I’ve been practicing with watercolours since I’ve never been that great with traditional media. A couple of weeks back I asked a friend of mine (who is rather good at watercolours) to teach me how she does it. After a lesson of showing me techniques and what materials to use I haven’t stopped banging out these illustrations since. Hopefully I’ll make these into a series and sell some prints once I get enough illustrations finished *crosses fingers*, here’s hoping :). Just a short post this week on some illustration stuff which I haven’t posted about for a while, hope you enjoyed it and will see you next time (not literally) :).
Wow it’s been a while since I did a cafe review in a while. To be honest I’ve got a bit of a back log so I’ll try my best to catch up on some more reviews in the next few weeks.
Dukes Coffee is situated in one of my favourite areas to visit, located in Windsor it is a bustling cafe with a lovely warehouse like interior decked out with metal grids, natural woods and rich red brick with helpful waiters and bathed in natural light. This place was BUSY when I arrived which was around 1 o’clock in the afternoon and like most popular cafes I had to wait a while until I was able to get a seat. One thing about going to places by yourself (I usually like to eat alone if I’m reviewing a place) is that they can always squeeze you in somewhere with out waiting too long. However if you go in a group of maybe 3 or more people it looks like you will be waiting for a good 20-40mins. I was seated quickly and handed a menu to peruse while I waited for someone to come and take my order. I waited quite a while but it looked like I wasn’t going to be served anytime soon so I had to flag down a waitress and made my order. The waitress was extremely helpful to answering some of my questions about the coffee’s they were offering, as I’m still quite a noob when it comes to coffee (so I believe). She recommended a geisha blend and gave me a good description of it’s flavours as well as helped me in making a decision about whether to get the fish tacos or the goats cheese omelette (i got the fish tacos) and after taking my order promptly headed to the kitchen. Shortly after I received my aero press geisha coffee, a slightly asian flavoured sweet fruity blended coffee which reminded me alot of the cold drip coffees (except hot) and my fish tacos which looked rather measly but after consumption was quite filling and rather tasty. The coffee and food was very satisfying, and at a moderate price of $19 AUD you can’t complain. Downside of things is that it was rather loud, so if you like to eat in silence or a quiet ambience then I would recommend somewhere else. Dukes Coffee also does their own coffee beans, unfortunately since it was so busy and their website is does not provide any information from what I could gather they do their own roasting. Overall I would come back again if I was in the area.
Hi guys, so it’s been a while since I have uploaded any of my illustrations, it seems most of my posts consist of photo shoots or food hahaha. These last 2 weeks I’ve been fervently banging out sketches and illustrations so without further adieu here they are. Also if you’d like to see more sketches, photos and other what nots check out my tumblr site here. Enjoy!
As of late I’ve been obsessed with typography, especially cursive for some odd reason. In the beginning of my career (I’m a graphic designer by trade) I will admit I didn’t know what the big deal was when it came to typography, I understood the do’s and don’t’s as well as admired a good lay out when I saw one but I never fully appreciated fonts and how they were constructed. In the last few months I’ve been practising at designing my own custom font and from there I started to understand the amount of work that actually goes into creating a font. Variables like your x height, ascenders, descenders, consistent angles and spacing and about a bigillion other factors left me flabbergasted and my end result was something close to chicken scrawl and nowhere near anything decent to pass off as a working font. This was a first attempt and like with everything in life I didn’t expect a perfect result first time round. I still intend to keep practising and will update on how it is going as well show my progress pictures, methods of how I’ve constructed, dissected and (most likely) obliterated my fonts as well as show examples of some lovingly laid out type design and inspirations for my work. In the meantime here are some pretty pretty pictures of typography, enjoy and I will update you with my progress sometime soon in the next coming weeks.
If you’d like to see updates before they are posted on the blog (so you don’t have to wait) you can follow me on twitter or tumblr accounts.
All images were courtesy of tumblr, unfortunately I’m not to sure who the artist’s were for each one so apologies in advance